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Michael Bialas
After spending more than 25 years in the newspaper business (most recently at the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News in Denver), Michael Bialas is currently taking an online approach to his work. A writer, editor, amateur photographer and former college football player, he primarily has covered sports throughout his career. Among the games he enjoys playing now, though, are reviewing and writing about music, movies, TV and other activities that sometimes don't require a ball.

Entries by Michael Bialas

Paint Job for St. Vincent: Annie Clark Really Knows How to Draw a Crowd

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:33 PM

One of the most intriguing aspects about attending a St. Vincent concert is the anticipation. What will Annie Clark do next?

That's what one high-strung son of someone was thinking for the rest of us while pressed up against the barrier leaving just enough breathing room between entertainer...

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The Henry Girls on the Record: Three's a Plucky Charm From Ireland

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:06 PM

The Henry Girls discovered America three years ago.

Now it's time for America to discover the Henry Girls.

The three sisters from County Donegal in Ireland -- Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin -- combined their love for their grandfather (Henry) and the Georgia duo of Amy...

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This Bar Band Is a Blessing in Disguise: Lake Street Dive Smolder in Boulder

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Walking into Boulder's eTown Hall (yes, little "e," big "T") for the first time is something like basking in the afterglow of a religious experience.

General admission seating on each side of the venue includes rows of wooden pews, and the source of inspiration for the modestly sized stained-glass...

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The Naked and Famous Go Inside Imagine Dragons' Lair

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:08 PM

The Naked and Famous were winding down their final performance as a supporting act on Imagine Dragons' 2014 Into the Night tour when a frightening image emerged from stage right in Denver's sold-out Pepsi Center and creepily approached petite lead singer/keyboardist Alisa Xayalith.

If this had...

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Video Premiere: The Sea The Sea Spring Forward With 'Fists Full of Flowers'

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 10:41 AM

On this first day of spring, flowers are blooming and romance is in the air, signaling a fresh start in life or renewed hope and faith. As birds chirp and bees buzz, what cannot be denied is love, promising love.

A smart, sweet and embraceable singing-songwriting duo known as

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Video Premiere: Emerson Hart Presents 'The Best That I Can Give'

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Emerson Hart likes to refer to his songs as snapshots, and those pictures aren't always pretty.

The first single off Beauty in Disrepair, the Tonic frontman's second solo album, is an intimate glimpse into a crumbling relationship. Luckily for Hart, the rest of his story includes...

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Lake Street Dive, Rachael Price Bring Bad Self Portraits Into Focus

(4) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Rachael Price couldn't spend Valentine's Day at home in Brooklyn with her sweetheart, so she sang her heart out instead. Thus, another in a series of torrid love affairs between performer and audience was unleashed.

Yet Price's most enduring relationship began as a childhood crush.

"I never wanted to do...

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With a Little Help From an American Horror Storyteller, Mary Fahl Raises Her Voice to a Supernatural Level

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 2:56 AM

Mary Fahl didn't need to become a vampire to achieve pop culture immortality. Famed author Anne Rice gave it to the enduring singer-songwriter by sinking her teeth into one memorable passage in her latest novel, The Wolves of Midwinter:

The radio was playing an old dreamy...

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After a Sugar Rush, Amy Stroup Can See Clearly Now With Tunnel Vision

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 10:26 PM

It took going through a long, dark Tunnel for Amy Stroup to find herself.

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter is many things to many people these days. Perhaps most identified in music circles since 2012 as Sugar, the fun-loving, hip-swinging R&B and retro rock star of Trent Dabbs'

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Taking on Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Alice Eve Is One Tough Cookie Who Doesn't Crumble

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Crazy things happen in cinema when a good girl starts breaking bad.

Some, like Julia Roberts and Charlize Theron, win Oscars. They are among a group possessing sweet hearts or gorgeous looks who are reaping rewarding wins (Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman) or nominations (Amy Adams for The Fighter, Anne...

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Hard Working Americans Know How to Get the Job Done, Seriously

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Todd Snider was rummaging through his mail during a three-way cross-country phone conversation in early December, when Christmas apparently came early.

"Holy shit, I think someone just sent me a bunch of drugs," the funky folk singer-songwriter announced from Nashville. "That's mushrooms."

David Schools, Snider's quick-thinking...

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Dream 13 of '13: Top Albums, Favorite Artists of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 1:01 AM

This year in music was all about playing favorites.

Oh, occasionally a few artists who were a delightful pleasure to hear for the first time managed to move in among the familiar faces. But, for the most part, this top 13 of '13 list includes players I either reviewed...

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Best of 2013: Vienna Teng Aims High, Has One Memorable Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:31 AM

Vienna Teng is upfront about the ways she creates and performs music that's daring and dynamic.

The classically trained pianist and Californian-born singer-songwriter embraces technology to enhance her sound, and isn't afraid to let everyone know it.

During the course of an intimate yet exuberant 90-minute show...

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The Lone Bellow: Taking Stock of a Band's Ultimate Rise in Mootown

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 11:53 AM

The Lone Bellow was literally in the middle of a stunning performance at the Bluebird Theater in Denver on the first day of December, gripping an audience in the cramped but energized room with tunes that went from exuberant to emotional in a matter of minutes.

Then one...

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Just Like Magic, Stevie Nicks Reappears In Your Dreams

(6) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 1:53 PM

This must be the Season of the Witch.

Not only did the brilliantly warped minds behind American Horror Story, Ryan and Murphy and Brad Falchuk, create a Coven of them for Season 3, but they also made the witchiest woman of them all part of it.


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Meet Doug and Telisha Williams: Born to Be Wild Ponies

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 6:14 PM

You're a happily married couple who share a 24-7 existence, mostly writing songs while roaming free in what's left of the open country. Yet when you put your first two names together, the act sounds like a finger-snapping folk duo resembling the fictitious Mitch and Mickey, who were reunited in...

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Dear Diary: Going on Record, Dido Opens Up With Greatest Hits

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 10:32 PM

Ultimately, Dido believes her upcoming collection of songs is "the crazy diary of my life" rather than a greatest hits record.

Dido's Greatest Hits, available on November 25 through RCA Records in standard and deluxe editions, covers almost 15 years, beginning in 1999 with the release...

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There With Care Giving: Heather Maloney Sings Praises of Benefit

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 10:52 PM

Heather Maloney admittedly didn't know what to expect when she joined forces with There With Care in late September.

The singer-songwriter born in New Jersey but now based in Northampton, Massachusetts, has remained primarily in her Northeastern comfort zone since leaving the solace of a meditative life...

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Watch Lily Kershaw Bloom Beginning at Midnight in the Garden

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 11:49 PM

Lily Kershaw writes serious, introspective music but doesn't take herself seriously. There's a sweet heart pumping and a radiant soul glowing inside the body double of a 22-year-old Valley Girl.

Her songwriting is witty, charming and passionate, and she is all that and more while discussing her musical introduction...

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With Hues of Blues Power, ZZ Ward Paints a Pretty Picture for Colorado

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 9:09 PM

It was pouring buckets that wreaked havoc in Colorado the week that ZZ Ward arrived in mid-September with her Down and Dirty Shine tour.

"I was getting a little nervous about the weather," Ward said, acknowledging the situation more than halfway through her set at the Ogden Theatre...

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